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Compare 5/8 and 8/9

5/8 is smaller than 8/9

Steps for comparing fractions

  1. Find the least common denominator or LCM of the two denominators:
    LCM of 8 and 9 is 72
  2. For the 1st fraction, since 8 × 9 = 72,
    5/8 = 5 × 9/8 × 9 = 45/72
  3. Likewise, for the 2nd fraction, since 9 × 8 = 72,
    8/9 = 8 × 8/9 × 8 = 64/72
  4. Since the denominators are now the same, the fraction with the bigger numerator is the greater fraction
  5. 45/72 < 64/72 or 5/8 < 8/9

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